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Gators look to stay on top

UNDATED (AP) — The new Associated Press basketball poll is coming out later today and there's no reason to think last week's top team, Florida, won't retain the honor of being No. 1. The Gators won both of their games last week to improve their record to 27-2. Second-ranked Wichita State also won twice to improve its perfect record to 31-0.

Completing the results of last week's top-five teams, No. 3 Arizona won both its games while fourth-ranked Syracuse was beaten by Virginia in splitting its two games, and fifth-ranked Kansas split its games as well.

On tap tonight is just one game involving a ranked school as North Carolina, the 19th-ranked team in last week's poll, is home to Notre Dame.

Keep in mind, with new rankings there could be more games added to the Top 25 schedule later in the day.


Wiz look for another victory

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards are a hot team these days. The club has won six straight and goes for No. 7 with a home game this evening against Memphis. The success of late has placed the Wizards in the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Portland has won five in a row, and the Blazers are just 3 ½ games back of Northwest Division leading Oklahoma City. Tonight, the Blazers are home to the Lakers while the Thunder have the night off.

Miami is back on the court tonight for a home game with Charlotte. The Southeast Division-leading Heat will have LeBron James in the lineup in a brand new mask. The black one he wore a few days ago was frowned upon by the NBA which mandated a change.

The remaining games tonight feature the Bulls, who have won 9 of 10, at Brooklyn, Detroit at home to New York, the Jazz playing the Bucks in Milwaukee, Minnesota at Denver and the Kings hosting the Pelicans.


Slim pickings on a light night of play

UNDATED (AP) — You've got four games to choose from in the NHL tonight, and there's not one first place team involved. That said the battles for the final playoff spots in the two conferences remain in full force. This evening in Dallas the Stars, who are tied for eighth in the West, are home to Buffalo, while Columbus, which is three points back of the final spot in the East, is playing at Toronto.

Of note on the Buffalo game, this is the Sabres' first game since the club went through a major weekend shakeup. Longtime goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott were dealt to the St. Louis Blues Friday night. The next day, Pat LaFontaine resigned as president of hockey operations just three months after being brought in to provide a new direction to the NHL's last-place team.

The final two games tonight feature Montreal playing at Los Angeles and Calgary at Minnesota.

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